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Afro-German Film Screening

Screening of "At Second Glance" will be followed by discussion with director Sheri Hagen from Berlin. Thursday, October 8, 10-12 via Zoom. A movie about love and the search for closeness and connection, it features three sight-impaired couples in Berlin, and asks thought-provoking questions about racial diversity, including different forms of dis/abilities, and about seeing and not seeing. Email Prof. Michaela Grobbel for the link at grobbel@sonoma.edu and join us!

Alumni Spotlight: Elise Manzanillo



Why take German at SSU: A Student Perspective





German Cultural Studies: Three Student Testimonials


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We welcome Elena Magill, our German Fulbright (FLTA) scholar and instructor for 2019-2020. We are so excited to have her working with us this academic year!



We also welcome Alexandra Boecking, our Language Teaching Assistant and Tutor from Germany. We wish her all the best in the coming academic year.



Good-bye to our Language Teaching Assistants Julia and Anne who are returning to their home university, the PH Freiburg, in Germany! Thank you so much for your great work and enthusiastic support of our German students. It was wonderful having you in our German Program for two semesters and we will miss you - alles Gute!





We say "Auf Wiedersehen" to our wonderful German FLTA Rebecca Meier, who has worked with us over the past year. We wish you a fond farewell and say "Vielen Dank" for everything you have done for the Program. We will miss you Rebecca!


Germany and European Integration:
Mini Conference 2017

Check out our Mini Conference that took place during International Education Week in November 2017. This mini lecture series featured issues of migration into and within the EU, integration of refugees, Brexit, and other aspects related to the history and structure of the EU.


"Berlin - Symphony of a Great City"
Live Music played by ALP from Berlin to the classic silent 1927 film

A special fusion of cinema and music, created by Berlin-based band ALP, mixing rock band dynamics, improvisation, and laptop electronics, with this classic silent film from 1927 taking us back in time to a Berlin of a bygone era, giving us shivers, goose bumps and a feeling of the massive energy of a megalopolis!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Green Music Center, Schroeder Hall
Website: http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/3265305-alp-aggressive-loop-productions

Radio Goethe: http://www.radiogoethe.org/


We say "Auf Wiedersehen" to our wonderful German Fulbright Scholar, Jonas Richter, who has worked with us over the past year. We wish him a fond farewell and say "Vielen Dank" for everything he has done for the Program. We will miss you Jonas!

Click here for presentation and essay. On May 3, 2016, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Jonas Richter presented his final talk at SSU, "The EU in World Politics-A Critical Essay by Jonas Richter".

A student at the University of Wuppertal in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany, Jonas was awarded an FLTA-Program grant to serve as a teaching assistant in the German program and take courses here at Sonoma State. He has been sharing his language and culture with SSU students to inspire them to travel and study overseas, and help them better prepare to engage with universities, businesses and organizations abroad. Jonas is one of fourteen FLTAs from Germany in the United States, and the only one on the West Coast.

For more information on the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant program and Jonas Richter, visit http://sonoma.edu/workplace/2016/04/26/jonas.

What is studying German worth? It might be more than you think!

Attend university in Germany: No tuition fees! More and more SSU German students continue their studies abroad after attaining their BA degrees.

German Tutoring offered through the SSU Learning Center. Sessions for current classes, click here

Study German, and enrich your academic and career opportunities! Learning German and gaining valuable insights into the history and culture of the German-speaking countries can offer a competitive edge in our increasingly global world!

What do we offer at SSU? Students may earn a German minor or an interdisciplinary major in German Cultural Studies. Or they may simply add two semesters of language study to boost graduate school and job applications! Being able to communicate in German and having a solid foundation in German history and culture enhances the study of other fields, such as history, political science, global studies, music, art history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines.


Need German tutoring?
Contact our tutors in the SSU Tutorial Center:
https://sonoma.mywconline.com/schedule.php to log in and schedule a session
If you have any problems or questions, go to the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) on the ground floor of Schulz Library 1103 or call 664-2696.


Come meet new people and practice your German at Noon on Tuesdays at Charlie Brown's